Author: Flo Bannigan

Staying In – ‘Staying In’ (EP review)

Staying In – ‘Staying In’ (EP review)

Here comes Generation Z. All smartphones and self-obsession, exercising their social consciences from the safety of their bedrooms. Or so the media would have us believe. We’re only a step or two away from welcoming this new cohort into the music industry. What will they have to offer? What will they have to say? Step forward Joe Reeves. At 19 […]

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Midnight Sister bring the carnival to ‘Saturn Over Sunset’ (album review)

Midnight Sister bring the carnival to ‘Saturn Over Sunset’ (album review)

When two creative souls collide, the result may be conflict or spectacle. Midnight Sister‘s Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian seem to have avoided the former and landed, slap bang, in the theatrical middle ground of the latter. Drawing their inspiration from the mythology and landscapes of their homelands in the San Fernando Valley, they deliver character, circus, and carnival in […]

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L.A. Witch get wicked on their self-titled debut album (album review)

L.A. Witch get wicked on their self-titled debut album (album review)

Is it some sort of magic to conjure a brand new song out of the air? To cast a spell over an audience that keeps them mesmerized from opening chords to the final, clamouring crescendo? Despite the name, L.A. Witch claim not to partake in any sort of witchcraft, though they do admit to their Los Angeles heritage. Yet their […]

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Blake Berglund – ‘Realms’ (album premiere)

Making music is tough. Selling music is even tougher, so when you hear of an artist who pounded the streets to sell his CDs door-to-door, you know you’ve found someone with a passion to share their sounds. Blake Berglund is just such an artist, using the opportunity to talk with people about music while bringing in money to move his […]

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Sophie Coran – “All That Matters” (single premiere)

Sophie Coran – “All That Matters” (single premiere)

With her smoky-soulful voice and hypnotic, jazz-infused arrangements, Sophie Coran‘s “All That Matters” is a song of obsession…with a twist. The twist? It’s not about love nor any of the usual subjects that haunt good music. No, it actually tells a story of the seductive world of the restaurant industry, describing how easy it is to get lost there while […]

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Music Makers Festival, London 5 & 6 August 2017 – Preview

Music Makers Festival, London 5 & 6 August 2017 – Preview

With all the hype and mystery that surrounds the music industry, sometimes it’s good to get back to basics. At its heart, music is a creative expression that’s best when shared between friends. When a group of friends who make music come together to share their work with an audience and each other, there’s a recipe for something life-affirming to […]

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Roxanne De Bastion – “The Painter” (single premiere)

Roxanne De Bastion – “The Painter” (single premiere)

Occasionally an artist shows up who is absolutely, definitely, poised for something special. Roxanne De Bastion fills that category perfectly. Oozing potential through the sweeping soundscapes of her music and the totally relatability of her lyrics, De Bastion is already coming to the attention of the great and the good of the music industry. She can be confident that her […]

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Somasu – ‘From The Water’ (EP review)

Somasu – ‘From The Water’ (EP review)

London-based singer/songwriter and rapper Somasu breaks through stereotypical electro, offering undercurrents of soul that provide depth and maturity. Although his work could hit the dancefloor hard, it is also infinitely listenable, proving that – in the right hands – the genre is a solid vessel for melodic communication. His second album – a five-track EP, From The Water – glimpses […]

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Robb Murphy – “Italian Dreams” (single and video premiere)

Robb Murphy – “Italian Dreams” (single and video premiere)

Place a Belfast-born folk-singer-songwriter into Italy for the summer and what do you get? The answer is an uplifting, pop melody that transports us into ‘Dolce far niente’ – the sweetness of doing nothing. “Italian Dreams” is that song, from the pen and studio of Robb Murphy, and we’re delighted to premiere it, along with a beautifully quirky animated lyric […]

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Helen Connelly – “Do You Remember” (single premiere)

Helen Connelly – “Do You Remember” (single premiere)

Finding an artist with a distinctive voice is always a pleasure. Since we first discovered Essex-based Helen Connelly, back in 2015, we’ve been fans of her jazz-pop vibe. We followed her progress with the release of her single “Behind Your Eyes” last year, and we’re eagerly anticipating the imminent release of her EP, Garden of Kisses. Our patience has been […]

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MAP – “Skills To Rebuild” (single premiere)

MAP – “Skills To Rebuild” (single premiere)

In times of uncertainty, it’s good to be reminded of what really matters in life. Josh Dooley, the creative force behind Los Angeles-based MAP, is better qualified than most to understand this, having been paralyzed from the neck down by the West Nile Virus in 2014. As he recalls from his recovery: Life is too short to be afraid of […]

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Phenomenal Creature – ‘Vettenvalvoja’ (album premiere)

Phenomenal Creature – ‘Vettenvalvoja’ (album premiere)

Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, Phenomenal Creature claim a modern folk genre, but deliver well beyond its traditional boundaries.There’s a touch of rock, a snippet of classical, a moment of punk and even a sprinkling of electro, delivered through strings of all sizes. Yet the sound they offer on Vettenvalvoja has an almost-live quality, achieved through the old-school expedient of recording […]

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Jeanes – ‘Sleeping Leaves’ (EP review)

Jeanes – ‘Sleeping Leaves’ (EP review)

As the Northern Hemisphere moves through a lazy spring into a long-awaited summer, it’s good to be immersed in music that draws inspiration from the magic of nature. Sleeping Leaves may be the debut EP from Jeanes but, like all good things, it’s taken time to gestate and develop. It’s been 30 years, in fact, with the first ideas emerging as […]

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Callum Pitt – “Least He’s Happy” (single premiere)

Callum Pitt – “Least He’s Happy” (single premiere)

Hot on the heels of his debut single, “You’d Better Sell It While You Can”, released just a few short months ago, Callum Pitt is sending out his second offering. With an arrangement that takes “catchy” to a whole new level, “Least He’s Happy” is a feel-good phenomenon for foot-tapping dance-along fans everywhere. We are delighted to premiere it here […]

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Louis Barabbas – ‘Jocasta: A Musical Tragedy’ (album review)

Louis Barabbas – ‘Jocasta: A Musical Tragedy’ (album review)

Some stories are timeless. Oedipus, Hamlet, Star Wars, Harry Potter. The underlying themes are resolutely tragic and the leading characters resolutely masculine. Louis Barabbas, whose band The Bedlam Six released their swansong album Down Down Down back in 2016, combines his love of the classics with attention to contemporary political intrigue to create an epic, 31-track, feminist-oriented, double album. How […]

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Mark Blacknell – “The Marching Parade” (single premiere)

Mark Blacknell – “The Marching Parade” (single premiere)

Songwriters write songs. Filmmakers make films. Being both a songwriter and filmmaker, Mark Blacknell fuses visual with audio in his forthcoming single, “The Marching Parade”, which we are delighted to premiere it here today. With over 15 years as a musician, Mark’s eclectic personal history as a war veteran and conservationist informs his style. From the marching rhythm of snares […]

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Bobby Uzóma – “Alone” (single premiere)

Bobby Uzóma – “Alone” (single premiere)

We picked out Bobby Uzóma’s forthcoming EP as one of 2017’s most anticipated records back at the start of the year. Then we waited and still are waiting. The EP is still a work in progress, and we completely understand that good things take time. In the meantime, we’re delighted that Bobby has decided to reward our patience with a […]

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Halcyon – “Tongue-Tied” (single premiere)

Halcyon – “Tongue-Tied” (single premiere)

What do you do when you graduate Unversity? Grow up? Get a proper job? Put the drums in the loft and leave the guitar to gather dust in the corner? Not necessarily… As actor Jim Carrey remarked, “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love”, so Brighton-based […]

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Brady Toops – ‘Tried & True’ (album review)

Brady Toops – ‘Tried & True’ (album review)

Our premiere of the signature single “Carolina” from Brady Toops’ sophomore album Tried & True praised his strong yet authentic vocals. Was it too much to expect that the rest of the album would deliver the same quality? After all, the single release usually showcases the artist’s best work, and Brady had set the bar high. He does not disappoint. […]

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Fanny And The Atta Boys – ‘A Peck Of Dirt’ (album premiere)

Fanny And The Atta Boys – ‘A Peck Of Dirt’ (album premiere)

Combine a hefty dose of nostalgia with a mix of jazz and toe-tapping rhythms and you’ve got yourself A Peck Of Dirt, the brand new album from Fanny And The Atta Boys. Released on March 24 with support from Heyday Media Group, this is an album of sounds that are sure to pack any old-time dance floor, and we are […]

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